wood rat

noun

Definition of wood rat 

: any of numerous soft-furred cricetid rodents (especially genus Neotoma) of North and Central America that have well-furred tails, large ears, and a characteristic tendency to hoard food and debris on or near their dens

called also pack rat

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And many of the reporters who held the job later considered her the best, churning out stories on everything from backdoor political deals to disappearing wood rats. Jenny Staletovich And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Juanita Greene, pioneering environmental reporter and activist, dies at 93," 3 Sep. 2017

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1763, in the meaning defined above

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